The first Christmas tree was brought into the White House in 1889 during Benjamin Harrison's administration, but First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was the first to decorate an "official" Christmas tree in the Blue Room in 1929. Ever since, each of the first ladies have carried on the tradition. Here, a look at the White House Christmas decorations throughout the years.
Visitors watched the Christmas decorations go up in the East Room, while President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had another tree erected on the second floor of the White House for his family.
In 1935, members of President Roosevelt's staff decorated the exterior with simple Christmas trees.
President Roosevelt posed with members of his family in front of the White House before leaving for a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
FDR and his family are seen here on the South Lawn of the White House on Christmas Day before going to church services.
President Roosevelt posed with his family in front of the White House Christmas tree, which was decorated with long strands of tinsel.
The Roosevelts had many Christmas traditions, including lighting their tree with real candles and FDR himself reading Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol to his family, .
In the midst of World War II, Winston Churchill came to America to spend Christmas with the Roosevelts at the White House and discuss how to defeat Hitler.
President Dwight Eisenhower posed with his family during the holiday season in front of the White House.
The Eisenhowers for the most Christmas trees in the White House — 26 — for years, a number which has been eclipsed many times in the last few decades.
Just before Christmas in 1958, President Eisenhower got his family together in front of the Christmas trees outside for a portrait.
President Eisenhower gathered his relatives together for a photo in front of a Christmas tree decorated with silver tinsel.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the tradition of for the White House Christmas decorations each year. In 1961, she decorated the official tree with ornaments depicting characters from the "Nutcracker Suite" ballet.
On his last Christmas, President Kennedy posed for an informal family portrait with his wife, children, dogs, as well as his brother and sister-in-law and their family.
A banner that declared "Peace On Earth to Men of Goodwill" framed the south lawn during the Johnson administration.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Harold Wilson, and his wife Mary Wilson, visited the White House just before Christmas in 1965. Here, Lady Bird Johnson and her husband show them the White House Christmas tree, which was decorated with popcorn strands and an eclectic mix of ornaments.
Lady Bird decorated the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room with a colorful mix of ornaments and popcorn strands, as was popular in the late 60s.
Even the dogs got their own Christmas tree during the Nixon administration. Pasha, Tricia Nixon's Yorkshire terrier, posed in the White House library with Vicki, Julie Eisenhower's miniature poodle, and King Timahoe, President Nixon's Irish setter.
First Lady Pat Nixon decorated the White House Christmas tree in 1970 with tinsel and glass ornaments.
President Nixon posed for a family portrait in front of a tinsel-decorated Christmas tree in the Blue Room with his wife, two daughters, and their husbands.
Pat decorated the Cross Hall of the White House in 1972 with holly and artificial Christmas trees.
Shortly after becoming the First Lady of the United States, Betty Ford took charge of the White House Christmas decorations in 1974. In 1974, she decorated the main tree in the Blue Room with large ribbons and a mix of traditional ornaments.
She went for a homey look in 1975 when she decorated the Christmas tree in the White House with strands of popcorn, wooden ornaments and paper chains.
Betty showed the press two dove ornaments before hanging them on the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room in 1976.
Rosalynn Carter decorated the Blue Room's Christmas tree with a colorful array of ornaments and white twinkling lights.
For her second Christmas in the White House, Rosalynn decorated a 20-foot Christmas tree with gold ornaments and surrounded the bottom with antique toys and a miniature house.
For their first White House Christmas, President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, posed for a photo in the living quarters of the executive mansion in front of a tree decorated with strands of popcorn, tinsel and a mix of ornaments.
Nancy decorated the main Christmas tree in the White House in the Blue Room with white lights, gold ornaments and host of angels.
In 1983, Mr. T, from the TV show The A-Team, dressed as Santa to help Nancy unveil the White House Christmas decorations.
For her "old-fashioned turn-of-the-century Christmas" decor theme in 1985, Nancy had Larry Hagman, from the TV show Dallas, dress up as Santa for the press tour of the White House.
President Reagan and Nancy posed for an official portrait in front of the 18.5-foot Fraser fir that came from Eric and Gloria Sundback's farm in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Sundbacks wouldn't provide another official White House Christmas tree until 2009, when a Douglas fir from their farm was picked as the Obama's tree.
For their first Christmas in the White House, President George Bush and his wife Barbara decorated their 18-foot tall tree with dolls depicting characters from popular children's books.
Even the Oval Office gets its own Christmas tree, as seen here in 1990 in the background of a photo of President Bush.
In 1991, the Bushes decorated an 18.5-foot-tall Oregon fir with . Barbara made three of them herself, including Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and one of her dog, Millie, wearing an elf hat.
Barbara's English Springer Spaniel, Millie, joined on her tour of the White House Christmas decorations in 1992.
For her first Christmas in the White House, First Lady Hillary Clinton decorated the Blue Room’s 18.5-foot Fraser fir with handmade dolls, including ornaments that depicted the Clinton’s cat, Socks, as an angel, "funky and down to earth."
In 1994, Hillary had the 18-foot Christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments from .
The theme of the White House Christmas in 1995 was “Twas the Night Before Christmas, When All Through the House…” The White House pastry chefs created a of Hillary's childhood home in Park Ridge, Illinois, featuring rooms with stockings hung “from the mantel with care” and “children all snug in their beds,” just like in the classic poem.
President Clinton brought out the family cat, Socks, for children to pet at the Clintons’ annual Christmas reading of Clement C. Moore's Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Hillary worked with the National Needlework Association, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and glass artisans to decorate the White House in a “Santa's Workshop” theme in 1997.
The Clintons invited local children for their annual reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas in 1998 when the theme was
Hillary showed off gingerbread models of the White House, the Washington Monument, Mount Vernon, and the Jefferson Memorial in 1999.
"Holiday Reflections" was the Christmas theme for the Clintons' last year in the White House. The Christmas tree in the library was decorated with miniature versions of historic places.
Because White House tours were suspended in 2011 after 9/11, the public wasn't able to see the in person that First Lady Laura Bush picked out.
Laura picked " as the theme of Christmas 2002 to honor White House pets through the years. Members of the White House staff made 25 papier-mâché sculptures of Presidential pets through the years, including Teddy Roosevelt's calico pony, Algonquin, and his blue and gold macaw, Eli.
Laura paid tribute to her mother-in-law with her theme in 2003, by using some of the same ornaments Barbara used in 1989 when she decorated the White House in a similar children's storybook motif.
Laura celebrated Christmas songs in 2004 with the theme paying tribute to classics like "Jingle Bells" and "I'm Dreaming of White Christmas" through the decorations.
Nature inspired Laura's theme in 2005. The official tree in the Blue Room was decorated with fresh white lilies.
Laura kept things classic in 2006 with a theme and a wintry white look for the official tree in the Blue Room.
Laura had the Blue Room's Christmas tree decorated with 347 handmade ornaments that represented America's national parks, memorials, seashores, historic sites, and monuments for 2007's theme.
For their last holiday season in the White House, the Bush family celebrated with a patriotic theme. Each of the 369 ornaments on the official tree were hand-decorated by artists selected by their members of Congress.
For their first Christmas in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated with the theme To keep with the environmentally conscious theme, the official tree was lit with energy-saving LED lights and six of the trees on display were replanted by the National Parks Service after the holidays.
The White House Christmas theme in 2010 was "Simple Gifts," and celebrated "friends and family, hearth and home, and the simple things that bring joy at Christmas," .
In 2011, Michelle honored military families with the theme “Shine, Give, Share” and by decorating the official tree with framed military medals and handmade cards from children living on U.S. military bases around the world.
2012's theme was "Joy to All" and included a 300-pound gingerbread house with a miniature model of Bo, the Obama family's dog.
Once again, the Obamas honored military families by dedicating the official tree to them with ornaments with photographs of deployment homecomings and handmade cards from children living on U.S. military bases.
Michelle welcomed military families as the first guests to see 2014's "A Children's Winter Wonderland" Christmas decorations at the White House.
The ribbon that decorated the stars and stripes-themed Christmas tree in 2015 was inscribed with messages to U.S. troops from their families. After the holiday season, each family received their portion of ribbon as a symbol of gratitude for their service.
The theme of the Obamas last Christmas in the White House was "The Gift of the Holidays." The ribbon decorating the official tree in the Blue had the preamble to the U.S. Constitution inscribed on it and was surrounded by gold and silver ornaments.
First Lady Melania Trump picked the theme “Time-Honored Traditions" for her first White House Christmas. The subdued decorations reflected Melania's personal style and included these white tree branches lining a hallway in the East Wing.